Due to meeting restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, church groups and other organizations that typically build Pantry Packs for local food pantries have not been able to do so. This has created a shortage of food and an increased need.
During the month of September, the Young Automotive Group and the Young Caring for Our Young Foundation will be assembling 10,000 Pantry Packs to feed children in need in five different counties.
Spencer Young, CEO of the Young Automotive Group, says some children go home from school on Friday and don't have a meal until the next Monday morning. With COVID, it expanded that need. If they're only going to in-person school two days a week, they have those extra days without food. Young says all of their employees are engaged in putting together the pantry packs. In fact all 20 Young Automotive Dealerships are putting together 500 Pantry Packs.
Director of the Young Caring for Our Young Foundation Tami Olsen says this is one of many charities they are currently working on. They are also collecting 5,000 masks for children in their 'Superheroes Wear Masks and You Should Too' campaign for the Ogden School District. Young Hyundai is also currently collecting school supplies for children in need. And at Kia, they're "stuffing the bus" and others are collecting coats for kids.
If you'd like to help please visit youngcaringforouryoung.org.